21st December 2011
Newt Gingrich “told gay Iowan to vote for Obama” 38
1:01 PM — A gay man in Iowa says when he asked Republican presidential candidacy hopeful Newt Gingrich how he would engage gay Americans, the politician told him he should support Obama. The exchange took place at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for Gingrich's campaign to win his party's nomination for the presidential elections next year.
Lesbian couple sues Hawaii B&B which turned them away for being gay 19
12:37 PM — A gay couple from the US are suing a hotel for discrimination, saying the owner denied them a room because of their sexuality. The case bears several similarities to the ongoing dispute in the UK regarding two Christian private hotel owners who refused a gay couple a room because they were unmarried.
20th December 2011
New York couple receive wedding congratulations from Barack Obama 22
3:27 PM — A New York gay couple have spoken of their surprise after receiving a letter of congratulation from President Barack Obama following their wedding.
“Ex-gay” group promoted in Caribbean as US arm faces “financial oblivion” 34
2:46 PM — A full-page advert denouncing homosexuality and promoting Exodus International, a group which advocates "ex-gay" therapies, has appeared in a Jamaican newspaper amid reports the organisation is facing bankruptcy in the US.
Marcus Bachmann says he would use White House status to back gay marriage ban 22
1:35 PM — Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele Bachmann, has said if his wife were elected he would use his platform to protect the current federal ban on same-sex marriages.
Brandon McInerney receives 21 year prison sentence for gay school shooting 48
9:51 AM — A US court has sentenced Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King, to 21 years in prison. The prison sentence is part of a plea bargain he made with the court in Ventura County, California.
19th December 2011
Sentencing due today in case of US gay school shooting 17
10:49 AM — A court in the US is due to sentence Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King. The district attorney’s office said as part of the plea deal that he would serve 11 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the use of a firearm, but will not serve time for the murder.
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning “struggled with gender identity issues” 38
10:07 AM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier accused of sending many sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, was told by his defence lawyer that he struggled with gender identity issues.
16th December 2011
Video: Gay couple being told they will become grandparents goes viral 12
4:04 PM — A video of a gay couple being told they are going to become grandparents has become a viral hit on Youtube a year after being uploaded to the site.
Mississippi mayor’s gay shop receipts force him to come out 39
3:23 PM — The mayor of the fourth-largest city in Mississippi has been forced to come out of the closet after the receipts from his expenses claim included a visit to a gay "lifestyle store and sex shop".
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing begins today 73
12:34 PM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay soldier accused of sending sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, begins today in the US state of Marlyand.
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
15th December 2011
US school defends “outing” gay student to his parents to keep him “safe” 35
3:27 PM — A school in Utah has defended its decision to tell the parents of a student that he was gay saying it was concerned about bullying.
Rick Santorum blames lower US wedding rates on marriage equality 46
10:39 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has blamed the fall in numbers of married Americans on gay marriage, referencing a survey which did not draw that conclusion itself.
Amber Heard: Staying in the closet in Hollywood is a “horribly detrimental lie” 5
9:05 AM — Lesbian actress Amber Heard has said people in her profession are dissuaded from coming out in Hollywood and end up becoming part of a "detrimental lie".
14th December 2011
Parents of gay US suicide teenager launch charitable foundation in his name 6
2:09 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who killed himself last year have launched an anti-bullying foundation named in his honour.
George Clooney to star in second production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play 9
11:51 AM — George Clooney has confirmed he will star in the second one-night-only production of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play. The show revisits the ballot measure which banned gay couples from marrying in California and its reversal by Judge Vaughn Walker last year.
13th December 2011
Republicans block appointment of US ambassador to El Salvador over pro-gay rights article 26
12:04 PM — Last night, the US senate blocked president Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to El Salvador after Republicans expressed outrage at an article she wrote in support of gay rights and unfounded rumours that an ex-boyfriend was a Cuban spy.
US gay serviceman reinstated following Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge 11
11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.